Lanham, Maryland (PRWEB) October 23, 2013
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Community Health Centers (MACHC) has named H.Duane Taylor, ESQ., MPP, MCPH, to lead the organization. The appointment of the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) comes at a pivotal time in the Association’s history as well as in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). MACHC is a 32 year old Regional Primary Care Association representing the interests of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in Delaware and Maryland. FQHCs serve our most vulnerable communities across the U.S. by providing primary care and other critical wrap around services for over 22 million people.
Prior to his appointment as the CEO of MACHC, Duane served for nine years as the organization’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). In addition to his work with MACHC, Duane is a barred attorney in Maryland, a health strategy and management subject matter expert, a motivational speaker, trainer, and executive coach. Duane brings more than 18 years of experience with the private and public sectors where he developed and led the implementation of community health care strategies, operational transformation, and financial management.
In his new role with MACHC, Duane will be responsible developing the vision for MACHC to move the association to the next level in addition to providing leadership for the day-to-day management of all operations, the management of finances, and for supporting the Legislative and Policy, Strategic Planning and Finance Committees for the Association’s 18 member health centers. In concert with the MACHC Board, Duane will also be responsible for developing the strategic business and advocacy agenda for the organization. In Maryland and Delaware, Community Health centers served approximately 360,000 people with over 1.3 million visits provided in 2010.
Duane is a proven leader with expertise in managed care, revenue cycle management, health information technology, operations, health administration, performance optimization and organizational change and development. He is well known for his strategic community health care perspective and FQHC expertise.
“The association performed an extensive national search to find our new CEO and was very pleased to find the talent internally in Duane. We feel confident that we have found the most qualified executive possible to lead the association during this critical time with the changing landscape of healthcare," said Mark Rajkowski, President of the MACHC Board of Directors and CEO of West Cecil Health Center.
“Duane is a true asset to the health center movement and we are excited about partnering with him in his new role with MACHC,” said Tom Van Coverden, President and CEO of the National Association of Community Health Centers.
FQHCs will play a critical role in the implementation of the ACA. As safety net providers for underserved communities, FQHCs will be invaluable in assisting individuals seeking preventative and primary care services. This month Taylor was asked by the White House to assist in providing front line stories from health centers in the region relative to outreach and enrollment efforts related to the implementation of the ACA. Health Centers in Maryland and Delaware were able to provide nine individuals seeking health insurance to the White House for their perspective on the importance of ACA.
MACHC is the federally designated Primary Care Association for Maryland and Delaware health centers. Members include community, migrant, and homeless Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and other locally based safety-net community health systems of care. They provide health care services to the medically underserved and uninsured in Maryland and Delaware. MACHC helps members deliver accessible, affordable, cost effective, and quality primary health care to those in need. For more information please visit: http://www.machc.com.